Britain’s first university well-being tsar hands out ‘happy badges’ to students

Students feeling anxious in the approach to exam season will be given “happy badges” by Britain’s first university “happiness tsar”.

The University of Buckingham said the system will be led by Cherry Coombe, whose role is to “help improve the working and learning environment” by promoting mental well-being.

The badges, which look like traditional prefect badges but have the word “happiness” written in gold, have so far been awarded to students who took part in a local parade through Buckingham and to staff whose actions “improved the work environment”.